Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, 7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The grace of God given through the Lord Jesus Christ for the obedience of faith and the sake of his name is not only for the nations, but Paul says that grace is also for those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
Jesus said in Matthew 22:14 that “Many are called, but few are chosen.” The called that Jesus speaks of is the general call of the gospel to all humanity to repent of their sins and turn to him, but of those who have been called only some are chosen for salvation. That’s who Paul is speaking about in this verse – the called here are those who responded to the gospel in faith, trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation, who belong to Christ.
My friends, there is comfort in knowing that when the grace of God came into our lives it was not because we were wiser, or smarter, or better in some way than others that we responded in faith, but because the calling of the Spirit of God brought life to our dead soul, that he chose to awaken us so that we might hear (with spiritual ears) the call of God and respond in faith. Our salvation has nothing to do with any of our efforts, but it is all of God – he called us and he chose us to belong to Christ. The great comfort in such a salvation is knowing that since it was God who was doing the calling and God was doing the choosing that our salvation is secure in him and him alone. In this truth we can find rest.